too bad we can give half stars... a solid 4.5
minglewood is an OK opener and they play the sugaree too early in the set to really get the best out of it.... the tempo remains very middle of the road throughout much of the set -- but i like how they start ALL OVER NOW ,each coming in one at a time, they get an amazingly danceable vibe going.... they straighten up when bobby comes in with the vocal, but maybe they can keep it going... the energy is picking up.... BOBBY is ready to go for it, -- JERRY plays it clean and gets in some good PLUCKING and PLUNKING, phil is there somewhere.... Brent starts to take a solo but doesn't really step out, Jer comes in at 6:00
with his best Robbie Robertson overtone licks and kicks every one in the butt and keeps things moving along..... he's really having fun.
bird song is always a pleasure, they never get to really firing on all cylinders though. woman smarter was a staple of this tour, they played it pretty much every other show... this is a good version this night, bobby, brent and jerry get together well on the vocals, jerry plays in his best IKO mode -- a good way to end the merely decent first set.
they come out good and UPTEMPO for shakedown in the second, it is too bad PHIL is low in the mix, they get a great rapport going and jerry fires off one sweet line after another -- they really want us to poke around.... Another Killer Shakedown this is one of their BEST EFFORTS on a demanding tune: they get it juuuuussst right: they cross over into the realm of the uncharted around the 10:00
mark.... at 11:00
brent is in the middle of a tasty little blues run and by 12:00
they are in completely nebulous territory, at 13:30
jerry goes back to shakedown street and they deliver the knockout punch at 14:00
singing the chorus one last time.... as shakedown resolves bobby digs into the wistful opening chords of lost sailor...... he is in good voice now, and puts across a nice reading.... "....the shoreline beckons.... there's a ghost wind blowin'.... the chains of your dreams are broken....."
they blaze through St of Circumstance hitting all the sweet spots. as the song concludes jerry is not ready to take the lead -- in fact, has he lost power? broken a string? the drummers keep the groove going and bobby and phil get into a percussive jam.... then brent gets in and phil seems to have gone astray -- BOB & BRENT reach a higher level of communication as they both come in together perfectly on a very hot PIANO LEAD SPANISH JAM or Bobby & Brent Jam #2 @ 2:35
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